We spent the last weekend in Plocton on the West Coast of Scotland. It’s a picture perfect place, with palm trees growing and the vegetation double in size. Tiny village with a beautiful harbour where ship race with morning clouds and the only sound you hear is busy bees. For few more images, please click here.
I have read this recently and though it was in a different context I thought about it in connection with on-line presence and the ‘world of likes, followers, statistics’.
‘…Sometimes culture says bigger is better – that size is the truest measure of success. It takes a strong person to resist that trend…
It’s not that numbers aren’t important.. Numbers represent living people…
… but numbers mustn’t be the basis for self-esteem.’
(source – Our Daily Bread)
Just finished painting few rooms in the house. I say I won’t do this job again, find it so dull and monotonous. But – when I see the freshly painted walls I forget…
As I was washing the tray with half dry paint, scratching and scrubbing and brushing this image appeared. Made me think of surfaces and mediums which could be used to achieve similar textures following the same random process.
The sky has been this blue in the Scottish Highlands for quite some time now
my indigo vat is turning out nicely
It’s the organic vat developed by a master dyer genius Michel Garcia. If you can- take a class with him, not just on indigo, anything, he is a wealth of knowledge and I love how he approaches natural dyeing from chemistry and botany point of view. If you can’t take the class, you can always buy DVDs he produced with Yoshiko Wada.
In the second DVD he demonstrates how to achieve many colours on wool, including indigo and the famous Mayan blue.
ultra lightweight and thin
soft and cuddly
both dyed with cochineal
as it is rather precious dye stuff, I extracted as much colour using this simple setting – a nylon tight secured with elastic band
I simmered the powder in a little water and strained the liquor, repeating this several times
the same can be used for any powdery dye stuff
I know that many of you, my readers are interested in eco printing. Here are few interesting links:
Elena from The Procrastinator Dyer’s Diary shows how she bundles her eco prints
Irit from Gaia’s Echo uses brushes to enhance her prints
Terrie explains how she recycled iron rich fabric and got sharper prints from eucalyptus and rose leaves.